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Padres history (May 21): Chris Young gets hit in the face by Albert Pujols liner

Chris Young can still envision his slider darting down and away from Albert Pujols. He can see the hulking, three-time NL MVP — at the height of his reign — reaching to put his bat on the ball. To this day, the 40-year-old Young shudders to think what might have happened on this date — May 21 — in 2008 if he’d left the slider in the middle of the plate.

“It was an (0-2) count,” recalled Young, now MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations. “It was a pitch I’d gotten him to chase before and he was out in front, kind of off-balance.